The Gregorian calendar was created in 1582. Many countries, however, chose to ignore it for several hundred years. They used “Annunciation Style” dating, which meant that March 25th – the Feast of the Annunciation (which celebrates the visit of the angel Gabriel to Mary the mother of Jesus) was their New Year’s Day. England first adopted the modern-day Gregorian calendar in 1751. Some countries even longer. Russia waited until 1918! People in Switzerland, Macedonia, Georgia, Belarus, Siberia and Russia still celebrate the Old New Year.
That means that today marks 9 months until Christmas! While it is probably too early to start addressing those Christmas Cards, it might not be too early to start some homemade gifts and reduce the stress of the Christmas rush! I got that adorable little guy above as a Christmas gift this past year. Isn’t he sweet!